Friday, October 4, 2013

you get older and you really could care less about awkward birthday hats.

side note: there are days i look at Ryan and can't believe how lucky fortunate blessed i am. he is so dang good-looking and hilarious and loves Jesus. what more can a girl ask for? carry on.

so yeaaaaaah, i turned the big two nine. okay, not really the big two-nine but i think it's a pretty big deal when a) it's the last year of your twenties b) i got to celebrate it with my husband (first married birthday - woohoo!). the day was filled with people calling, texting, and of course facebooking (the only time a year that people you haven't talked to all year long decide to post a birthday greeting on your fb wall - come on! you know it's true!) and so i can't deny that i felt very special. so thanks, friends - even the ones i haven't talked in ages (ahem, facebook).

when i picked up Ryan from work, i was oh so giddy. the birthday day itself was great but i couldn't wait to celebrate with him. he said i could go anywhere i wanted to go around town. and believe it or not, with all the places i've lived, i have never had hibachi. i've had plenty of japanese foods but never straight-up hibachi...

...where you get to sit at the table surrounding the flat top with the dude in the red hat and apron doing sweet knife tricks and igniting flames that make you feel like your eyebrows might fall off. and oh my goodness, the food (it hurts - in a good way to say this) was ridiculously, painfully good. the kind of good where you can't eat another bite but you do anyways because you can't stop (*insert miley cyrus we caaaaan't stop here*). from the hot soup to the ginger topped salad to the fried rice and the chicken and shrimp. excuse me as i wipe the drool from my laptop thinking back to that dinner.

in three short words: to die for.

and when they heard it was my birthday, the hostess grabbed this obnoxious hat and stuck it on my head and brought out two bowl of sherbet. one of the scoops had a candle for me to blow out while they sang happy birthday to me. and despite the full capacity of my stomach, i still found room for the sherbet in case you were wondering.
much love.
{happy friday, friend.}


  1. It's been ages since I've had hibachi! I'm glad you enjoyed it!!

  2. I've actually never had hibachi either! but now you totally made me want to go find some. YUM!

  3. oh happy happy birthday girl!
    I'm so glad you got to eat incredible food, and be married. what else is there?

  4. aww, looks like such a great day! happy birthday friend!

  5. Such a fun dinner! Married birthdays are the BEST! xo

  6. when you pointed out the heart that he made, it reminded me of that one How I met Your Mother episode where Marshall dares Barney to do all that stuff that the hibachi chef does. That might also mean that I watch too much How I met Your Mother.


  7. looks like a beautiful and fun birthday for a beautiful girl!

  8. You look so happy Ilene! I'm so glad you had such a great birthday!

  9. Yum! I had hibachi on prom night and it literally slayed me. SO GOOD! Happy birthday Ilene! So happy you got to spend it with Ryan!:)

  10. You are stunning girl! And it's true, the older the get the less you get embarrassed! Embrace this year! Happy Birthday!!! :)
    xo TJ

  11. What is SO FUNNY and weird about this... you and I always share food loves.... well this weekend we celebrated our fifth anniversary (the fella and I) and our family took us out for Hibachi too! AND I had never been either.
    AND.... yes. SO SO good! Glad you had a great birthday!

  12. AWESOME. So neat! Happy late birthday (again)!


  13. First off: Happy (super belated) birthday!! Sounds like you had an awesome one filled with lots of amazing food (always a bonus for birthday haha).

    Hope you have an amazing weekend!


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